Sheep Crutching Trailers
Our sheep crutching trailers are suitable for both ewes and lambs, merinos and crossbreds, and allow one of the most physically demanding jobs on the farm (or the world for that matter), to be both quicker and easier.
The CrutchMaster is a smart yet simple system that can be installed into your sheep yards, woolshed or provided as a mobile crutching trailer.
Sandy McEachern -“I purchased my first Perkinz crutching stand in 2009 because it looked simple to maintain and easy to use as a one-person operator. That first stand hasn’t let me down and I have purchased a second stand in 2012. The return on investment has been very good with crutching costs reduced to ~ $0.75 per head (all inclusive).”
Why Are People Buying CrutchMasters?
Crutching The CrutchMaster allows you to do all the crutching operations you need to from a bum flick on a crossbred lamb up to an eye-wig, pizzle and full crutch on a merino wether. The CrutchMaster’s unique design also allows you to crutch lambs and ewes together with no adjustment needed, eliminating the need for drafting into two lines.
Shearing The removable cradles allow you to now slide a sheep down to the floor and shear it traditionally if needed, as and when required, giving you much more versatility. If this interests you ask about us supplying a couple of our plastic slides so the sheep can be controlled safely and easily to the ground.
Checking and trimming feet The CrutchMaster is ideal for checking and trimming feet. It sits the sheep in a position that gives good access to all four feet and it turns what is arguably the worst job on the farm into an easy, quick and pain-free process.
Drenching More and more of our operators are drenching and vaccinating the sheep while they are being crutched which, while it makes it slightly slower at the time, means you only have to handle the sheep once. The cradle allows good access to the sheep’s mouth and neck and allows a quick and easy check of the udder as well.
Jack Briscoe -“A machine that is light, versatile and makes crutching easy”
What Makes the CrutchMaster So Good?
No technology We think simple is often best, one moving part and not a lot to go wrong. No noisy compressor blaring away to stop sheep from running. Much thought went in to the design to make it so simple to set-up and easy to use yet have it robust to give great reliability.
Doesn't get in your way The CrutchMaster works with you, not against you. No pushing switches or pulling levers to get access to parts of the sheep. Once you get used to it you will find you're just crutching sheep, not working a machine.
It's safe It was developed and trialled with help from a New Zealand meat processing company with all the appropriate checks and balances from their vets. It won't bruise or hurt your sheep and lambs.
It's fast You don't actually crutch any quicker but you have less down time between sheep as you're not walking into a catching pen. Once you get used to the system you can expect to be about 20-30% quicker than in a woolshed.
It's easy It sure beats dragging sheep out of a catching pen and like anything, it just gets easier and easier to use. It allows for good blow placement and you're not bent over like a half-shut pocket knife.
Quick set up Pull out the in-feed ramp, lift the roof, hang the shearing plant and you're cutting wool (and dags) – it’s actually that simple.
Light and easy to tow The two stand CrutchMaster trailer weighs in at about 740kgs so you hardly know it's there.